Sunday, September 11, 2016

August Board of Education Meeting

Fort Thomas Board of Education

The Fort Thomas Board of Education met on Monday, August 8th.  All board members were present.

Jerry Wissman gave the Board an update on the status of the HHS renovation project, noting the concrete and asphalt work has been completed.  Approval of Change Order #4 in the amount of $19,630.00 for Phase 4 of the Highlands High School Renovation Project passed with a motion by Mrs. Lisa Duckworth and a second by Mr. Jeff Beach.  This Change Order includes adding additional surface course over the entire lot since the asphalt pavement thickness was found not to be in compliance in certain areas and installing a concrete pad at the buss parking area so that the weight of the buses will not ripple the asphalt.

Approval of Pay Application #16 in the amount of $19,630.00 to Century Construction for Phase 4 of the Highlands High School Renovation project passed with a motion by Mr. Jeff Beach and a second by Mrs. Karen Allen.  Approval of Pay Application #17 in the amount of $157,086.17 to Century Construction for Phase 4:Gymnasium of the Highlands High School Renovation project passed with a motion by Mr. Bradley Fennell and a second by Mr. John Weyer.  Approval of Pay Application #9 in the amount of $665,775.00 to Morel Construction for the Moyer Elementary Renovation project passed with a motion by Mr. Jeff Beach and a second by Mrs. Lisa Duckworth.  Mr. Wissman shared that the projects are going well.

City Council member Ron Dill was in attendance to discuss with the board the baseball field improvement proposal for Highland Park.

RELATED: Baseball Field Improvements Coming to Highland Park

Council Member Ron Dill explains the baseball field improvements
  
Highlands baseball coach Jeremy Baioni said, "The collaboration between the City of Ft. Thomas and Ft. Thomas Independent Schools to make much needed upgrades to the baseball field at Highland Park shows a tremendous level of commitment from all.  While the high school uses the field in the spring there are hundreds of summer and fall baseball games played by teams from Ft. Thomas and all over Greater Cincinnati.  We're extremely excited and blessed to have such a commitment from all involved." 


Approval of the Lease Agreement with the City of Fort Thomas for the improvement and use of the baseball field at Highland Hills Park passed with a motion by Mrs. Lisa Duckworth and a second by Mr. Jeff Beach. 

A proposal was made to change the HMS Athletic Coordinator position to HMS Athletic Director and increase the extra service pay stipend to $4,077.00.  This proposal passed with a motion by Mr. John Weyer and a second by Mr. Bradley Fennell.

Mr. Jon Stratton was in attendance to seek approval for the elementary and secondary Student Discipline Codes of Conduct.  This passed with a motion by Mr. Jeff Beach and a second by Mrs. Karen Allen, with little change made in the Codes of Conduct.

Ginger Webb presented the AP Scores report noting that our AP program continues to grow with more students taking and passing AP courses each year.  Nine years ago, the number of students who graduated from HHS having passed at least one AP exam (3 or higher) was 29%.  The class of 2015 saw this number shoot up to 60% and the class of 2016 saw 62.5%.  In Kentucky in 2012, there were 29,364 AP students and in 2016 that number jumped to 34,134.  These steady increases show the drive and academic commitment that so many Fort Thomas students share.

Diana McGhee presented information to the Board about Data Security and Privacy. Presentation and review of this information is now a yearly requirement.  The school district is committed to keeping our kids safe online and protecting their personal information.  House Bill 232 called for the creation of KRS 365.734 which prohibits certain uses of student data by Cloud vendors.  These Cloud providers must certify in writing that they are fully in compliance with KRS.  The district employs takes careful measures to prevent a security breach such as extensive anti-virus and malware protection, web filtration, and secure file transfers.

Board member Karen Allen reminded everyone that the first day of school is August 17th.  Let's have a great year!

The meeting adjourned at 7:23 pm.

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